Unless you only drink water, it is hard to keep your teeth completely safe from sugary, acidic and potentially stain-threatening beverages. While practicing good oral health care can prevent problems, it is important to be aware of what drinks are most dangerous for your teeth to protect your mouth from daily bacteria buildup and yellowing.
The following beverages are notorious for being detrimental to your teeth:
Coffee: This dark drink is a staple in many people’s daily diets, but can be a culprit when it comes to yellowing teeth. To decrease these effects, try drinking with a straw to avoid direct contact or follow each cup with continuous water consumption. If you feel that your teeth need a whitening boost, consult Dr. Krengel to determine if our cosmetic professional services are the right fit for you.
Tea: Similar to coffee, this beverage group also has potential staining power, especially black and other dark tea blends. Again, drinking through a straw and being mindful of the level of consumption will help keep teeth shiny and white.
Energy and Sports Drinks: This category is probably the worst in terms of sugar levels and acidity, all nightmare ingredients for your teeth. These soda-alternatives can be the most damaging because they attack tooth enamel, which cannot be fixed or replaced. When tooth enamel is worn down, the risk of decay becomes much more serious.
Soft Drinks: Carbonated soft drinks also possess higher levels of sugar and acidity, which hurt tooth enamel and can lead to decay and cavities. Though sugar free options are better, the acidity is still a major player in dental issues.
Your teeth will not be ruined with any one of these drinks, but more the long-term exposure is what can lead to serious damage. Using a straw, drinking more water, brushing at least twice a day and flossing regularly will help to protect your teeth from sugar buildup and decay.
If you can’t brush your teeth after drinking these beverages, consider drinking a glass of water right after you finish, which will help wash off some of the tannic acid. You can also try drinking through a straw to keep the liquid from coming into direct contact with your tooth surfaces. And don’t forget to always visit Krengel Dental for all your dental health needs!